Dark Clouds At Dawn

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Dark Clouds at Dawn: A Political Memoir by Said Zahari[1] is a journalistic account of one man's memory of the early political history of Singapore and Malaya. It is a record of and insight into the world of political detention, solitary confinement, torture and incarceration without trial under the Preservation of Public Security Ordinance (PPSO) and now Internal Security Act (ISA). We can glean from the text in some detail the interrogation techniques, the frequency of solitary confinements, the handling of visits to detainees as well as the practice of banishment to the outer islands.


  1. Said Zahari (2001). Dark clouds at dawn: A political memoir. Kuala Lumpur: INSAN. ISBN 9789839602135